Bobcats celebrate 10th anniversary of state title vs. Delta
Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Submitted: 2011-08-31 15:57:51
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
(Note: Jones County Junior College is celebrating its Centennial Year in 2011. As the school year goes along, we will take a look back at some notable contests for JCJC athletics. Today, we look at a couple of previous games against JCJC’s opening opponent for this season, the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans.)
JCJC 22, Miss. Delta 6
The Jones County Junior College Bobcats have won 13 state titles in its wonderful football history.
JCJC’s last state crown came in 2001 at Randall Stadium on the campus of Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead, just a couple of months after “9-11.”
Head coach Parker Dykes’ team entered the Nov. 19 state championship game with a 9-1 record. It would be a “Great Day to Be a Bobcat” as JCJC would prevail over the Trojans, 22-6.
The Trojans would have the first opportunity to score, but would miss a 32-yard field goal. But later MDCC’s Jay Jones connected from 49 yards out to make it 3-0 with 5:46 left in the first quarter.
JCJC would answer with a 32-yard field goal from Nick Terracina to make it 3-3 with 2:12 left in the opening quarter.
Later in the first half, Bobcat quarterback Charles Hales found Alonzo Nix for a 44-yard pass reception. However, JCJC would misfire on a 33-yard field goal effort.
The Bobcats would finally find the end zone when running back Ralph Davis capped a 52-yard drive with a 2-yard run. The conversion attempt failed, but JCJC led 9-3 with 1:07 left in the half.
However, the Trojans would get a 44-yard field goal from Jones on the final play of the first half to make it 9-6.
MDCC came out quickly in the third quarter and drove all the way to the JCJC 13. But DeMarcus Moody had a quarterback sack and David Scott would block the Trojans’ game-tying field goal attempt.
Early in the fourth quarter, it was still anyone’s game. But Scott would intercept a Trojans’ pass and JCJC would be in business in Delta territory.
Several plays later, Hales would call his own number and score on a 20-yard quarterback draw. Terracina’s extra point made it 16-6 with 11:29 left in the game.
The Bobcats would ice it when Rashard Phillips took a pitch around the left corner and ran 87 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was no good, but JCJC was up 22-6 with just 6:53 left.
The Trojans would not get close to scoring as the Bobcat defense – led by Nate Harding, Scott, Moody, Kenny Covington and Josh Tate – would end up with seven sacks on the day and preserve the victory.
Trojans 21, Bobcats 20
The Bobcats came within six inches of winning the state championship in 1993, falling to MDCC 21-20 in overtime in Moorhead.
With the game tied 14-14 after regulation, the Trojans would get the ball first in the extra session. They would score when quarterback Stewart Partridge – who would go on to play at Ole Miss – found David Lloyd on a 22-yard touchdown strike. Channing Upchurch’s PAT made it 21-14.
The Bobcats then got the ball and would answer. Eric Hines – who would go on to play at Auburn – scored from 14 yards away.
Coach Dykes then made the decision to go for the win and the championship. Hines got the call again, but was tripped up just shy of the goalline.
The Trojans held a 7-0 halftime lead before JCJC came back in the second half.
Quarterback Chris Windsor’s 1-yard run and Nate Powell’s extra point tied the game at 7-7 with 9:54 left in the third quarter. Windsor would go on to play at Southern Miss.
The Bobcats then took the lead moments later when Kevin Jackson – who would go on to play for Alabama – stripped the Delta runner of the ball and took the fumble 24 yards for the touchdown. Powell’s PAT made it 14-7 with 8:23 showing.
It stayed that way until less than six minutes remained.
MDCC faced a fourth and 6 at the JCJC 24-yard line. Partridge lobbed a pass to the end zone where Lloyd made a miraculous catch for the score. Upchurch’s kick tied the game at 14-14 with 5:35 left and set the stage for the dramatic overtime period.
The Trojans would claim the national title with the victory. They ended the year with an 11-0 record and ranked No. 1 in the nation.
JCJC ended up 9-2 and rated No. 13.